Iowa gummy bear factory to close in December

Ferrara Candy Company has announced plans to close its unionized Creston, Iowa plant in December. In summer 2015, plant workers complained of overheating inside the factory. Some said they passed out from excessive heat. Separately, Iowa OSHA fined the company for several safety-related violations unrelated to heat in the last five years, resulting in fines […]

Fed-OSHA awards Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries safety training grant

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Washington has announced that, for the second consecutive year, Fed-OSHA has awarded it $50,000 through the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. With last year’s grant, ISRI formed a “Hazard Recognition in Recycling” safety training program, a series of free classes across the country. Recycling Today

Little pills, big headaches for employers

Employees with drug or alcohol problems are more likely to miss work, have diminished productivity when they are at work, be involved in accidents, and disrupt other workers. How much are employers spending because of alcohol misuse, illicit drug use, misuse of medications, and substance use disorders? The Recorder

NIOSH seeking input on updated NORA for Construction draft

NIOSH is seeking input on a draft of its National Occupational Research Agenda for Construction, a document intended to identify the research, information and actions “most urgently needed” to prevent injuries and illness in the construction industry from 2016 to 2026. The comment period closes Nov. 27. Safety+Health

Minnesota: County board approves digitizing complex OSHA requirements

An assistant Cass County, Minnesota highway engineer brought to this week’s county board meeting a six-inch thick, three-ring binder of all the data sheets for the highway department’s over 100 items OSHA says must be maintained to meet its requirement. In an emergency, employees are expected to look through the many tabs on the sheets […]

San Antonio magnet school honored by Labor Department

The U.S. Department of Labor last week officially recognized San Antonio’s Construction Careers Academy as the first approved apprenticeship program in the country. San Antonio Business Journal [may require registration]